When Hallowe’en Meets Christmas

What a week! I haven’t posted in seven days and it feels like more. (Perhaps in blog-land a week without a post is an eternity?! Sorry!) Sue and I have both been busy, busy, busy. It seems like as soon as Summer turns to Fall we’re on a non-stop go go go schedule, doesn’t it? I’m sure you guys are all feeling it the same way as we are.

Hallowe’en Chez Newb

Meredith and baby Nate

This week had an interesting twist for us — Sue & I celebrated both Hallowe’en AND started Christmas. Yup, we had tinsel in our hair and cobwebs on our windows…intentionally.

But first. It was a typical Hallowe’en. Kids, candy, home made LED snail costumes. You know, the usual ;-) This year Nick and I thought we’d try to make our oldest son’s Hallowe’en costume.

I realize this is a horrible picture, however it's hard to juggle and infant and photograph a three year old in the dark illuminated by LEDs :)

I realize this is a horrible picture, however it’s hard to juggle and infant and photograph a three year old in the dark illuminated by LEDs :)

He loves the movie Turbo and has been on a kick about pretending he is Turbo for the past month now. (Maybe we should let him get more screen time and he’d be less focused on one animated character??) We figured out a way to make his costume look just like the star snail and Nick even illuminated his shell so that he was glowing just like Turbo. Jimmy was the happiest kid; ecstatic that we could make his little snail dreams come true. We were the happiest parents since we had a kid we could never lose in the dark and his smile was from ear to ear. Happiness :-)


And then we switched gears right through to Christmas. Yup, we’re nuts that way. Sue & I were pretty pumped to be invited to demo some of Canadian Tire’s new Canvas holiday line at an event in Kanata. So. Much. Fun. Do you know how fun it is to decorate with an entire store of Christmas products at your disposal? So. Much. Fun. We’ll be blogging all about what we made (one example below) and sharing some fun and easy to DIY Christmas decor for your home later this month.

diy ornament table placeholder cards

Tip of the Day

My favourite new home decor item is the canvas drop cloth that painters use to protect items while getting their roll on. This summer I made a drop cloth map, and last night we used a drop cloth to make a table cloth. We chalk painted a place setting on it, stencilled gold patterns in other areas and literally tied it all up with a bow. All with the idea that kids could draw at the table and adults could create an easy and pretty table setting that was completely personalized to a room, place setting, theme…whatever.

chalk painted place setting


After the week we’ve had of making and decorating, my house is a full blown disaster. I feel horrible that my parents (who were in town to help make sure I could throw around tinsel and be a good parent!) had to live in squalor for the weekend. Yup. I said it. Squalor. I feel like a blog fraud living the way I have been and espousing advice on stylish living. I’m going to use the “I have a newborn” excuse if anyone asks ;-)

I hope you are all having a good week! Now tell me, when do you start decorating your house for Christmas? I’m thinking Dec. 1 is a good line in the sand. Anyone else care to jump in?


2 Comments on When Hallowe’en Meets Christmas

  1. Sonia
    November 4, 2014 at 12:27 pm (2 years ago)

    Wow!! Love, love, LOVE the Turbo costume – genius!! I think it’s so great that you’ve married a partner who is just as creative and inventive as you are – sounds like it was an awesome Halloween! :-)

  2. Lisa Goulet
    November 4, 2014 at 3:23 pm (2 years ago)

    Ha ha I’m sure it wasn’t squalor. But I’d still milk that newborn excuse until he’s at least 5! What fun you guys must have had! Wish I could have attended but I was busy in the leave pile. And since you asked, I usually start my Christmas decorating the last week of November/first week of December.


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